National Individual Consultant for Mediation and Conflict Resolution 68 views

Location : Home based, UKRAINE
Application Deadline : 13-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category : Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Languages Required :
Russian
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
26-Apr-2021
Duration of Initial Contract : Up to 70 days, during 9 months period
Background
Background Information on the Project

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been active and present in eastern Ukraine for the past decade, prior to the conflict, with a focus on community development, civil society development, and environmental protection. Work on addressing the specific conflict-related development challenges built on this earlier engagement, established partnerships, and started in 2015 through the United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme (UN RPP). The UN RPP is a multi-donor funded framework programme formulated and led by the UNDP in collaboration with the Government of Ukraine and in cooperation with a number of partnering UN agencies (UN Women, FAO, UNFPA). The RPP was designed to respond to, and mitigate, the causes and effects of the conflict in the east of Ukraine. It is an integral component of the UNDP Country Programme and is therefore fully aligned with the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPF).

In October 2018, four UN agencies (UNDP, UN Women, FAO and the UNFPA) have countersigned a new joint project document, funded by the EU. The overall objective of the project is to restore effective governance, support economic recovery and promote reconciliation in the crisis-affected communities of Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts in Ukraine, thereby enhancing the credibility and legitimacy of local governments in the government-controlled areas of the regions. It will contribute to peacebuilding and prevent further escalation of the conflict in Ukraine through effective and accountable decentralization, gender-responsive recovery planning and equal access to services, as well as enhanced economic recovery and development.

Component 3 of RPP “Community Security and Social Cohesion” aims to reach some of its goals through the implementation support of the projects strengthening community security and social cohesion via testing innovative legal aid, access to justice, conflict resolution and peacebuilding mechanisms at local level.

UN RPP has been promoting mediation practices as the efficient conflict resolution mechanism. Since 2020, the Programme has been supporting communities of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in adopting conflict resolution mechanisms and introducing them in the community statutes. Community Security and Social Cohesion Working Groups (CSWG), established in the Programme’s target communities, also serve as dialogue platforms allowing for interaction between different groups of stakeholders. To ensure further development of the CSWGs and promotion of the dialogue mechanisms in the communities of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, the Programme is seeking a qualified specialist with a solid background in mediation and conflict resolution.

Duties and Responsibilities
Main objectives of the assignment 

The overall objectives of this assignment are:

  • Developing capacities of the Community Security and Social Cohesion Working Groups (CSWG) moderators and piloting new formats of community engagement through CSWG;
  • Conduct dialogue processes in the UN RPP target communities to promote conflict resolution mechanisms and introduce them to the community statutes;
  • Contribute to development and extension of Geoinformation system for monitoring social conflicts in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts through capacity building events in UN RPP target communities;
  • Participate in the relevant capacity building activities (trainings, workshops) identified by the Supervisor.

Description of Responsibilities/Scope of work

The Individual Consultant for Mediation and Conflict Resolution, under the supervision of the Community Security and Social Cohesion Component Lead, will be responsible for:

Supporting cofacilitation of Community Security and Social Cohesion Working Groups (CSWG) in UN RPP target communities of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts:

  1. Identify at least 5 communities in Donetsk and 5 communities in Luhansk oblasts among UN RPP target communities to support cofacilitation of CSWGs;
  2. Conduct at least 1 half-day cofacilitation online/offline session with CSWG focal points in the selected communities;
  3. Prepare reports on each cofacilitation session and indicate strengths, weaknesses and required skills for the CSWG focal points;
  4. Based on the co-facilitation experience, propose and pilot new ways of community problem solving mechanisms (at least 1 online/offline session in each of the selected communities) which would contribute to increasing social cohesion and community security.

Conduct dialogue processes in the UN RPP target communities to promote conflict resolution mechanisms and introduce them to the community statutes

  1. Select at least four communities in Donetsk oblast where adoption of the conflict resolution mechanisms into the statutes can be implemented.
  2. Develop workplan of the activities and approve it with Supervisor. The workplan should include detailed information on the activities taken in each community and anticipated results.
  3. Pilot approved activities in the selected communities. The activities should be focused at identifying community issues at the grassroot level, discussing them and finding common ground. Based on the positive example of the dialogue approach to problem solving, the local self-governance bodies should be motivated to adopt the piloted mechanisms at the community level and use them in the future. At least 3 dialogues (at least 1 offline dialogue) should be held in each community.

Contributing to development and extension of Geoinformation system for monitoring social conflicts in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts through facilitation of dialogue in UN RPP target communities:

  1. Conduct online/offline mediation activities on the cases approved by Supervisor (at least 5 cases approved by Supervisor) from the Geoinformation system for monitoring and analysis. Mediation activities should include intervention design, pre-dialogue work with the sides of the conflict and intervention according to the identified plan.

The Consultant will ensure the mainstreaming of gender equality considerations in all aspects of the assignment, promote a safe and enabling environment free of any kind of discrimination and abusive behaviour, respect differences and accord equal spaces and dignity regardless of personnel’s sex, ethnicity, sexual preference, gender identity, (dis)ability or other markers of identity, and use the principles of gender-responsive communications in line with the UNDP corporate standards.

Deliverables

The timeframe is spanning about 9 months, from April 2021 to December 2021. The requested services will be provided according to the agreed workplan and paid as per the daily rate agreed upon prior to the contract issuance and signature.

Deliverables Tasks description Deadlines
Deliverable #1 Action plan for all activities of assignment and training materials developed and agreed by Supervisor. Communities for each stream of work selected.

Online meetings with stakeholders in the selected communities on formalization of dialogue practices in the statutes held. Intervention plans prepared and agreed with Supervisor.

By the end of 3rd week of the assignment
Deliverable #2 At least 1 online/offline cofacilitation session with CSWG focal points in all selected communities conducted. Reports on the activities submitted to Supervisor By the end of 12th week of the assignment
Deliverable #3 ?t least 1 online/offline session in each of the selected communities to pilot new ways of community problem solving mechanisms held By the end of 18th week of the assignment
Deliverable #4 At least 12 dialogues in the selected communities to promote dialogue approaches held By the end of 22nd week of the assignment
Deliverable #5 At least 5 mediation activities on the cases identified by the Geoinformation system for conflict analysis held By the end of 30th week of the assignment
Deliverable #6 Capacity building activities for the UN RPP beneficiaries, as identified by Supervisor, held.

Final report on the conducted activities prepared, submitted to and approved by Supervisor

By December 10, 2021

Proposed payment schedule

UNDP will pay the negotiated amount based on daily fee and actual number of working days in a month. Payments must be supported by a duly completed time sheet.

The payments will be paid upon the full completion and acceptance of contractual obligations where upon the Programme Coordinator signs the certification of acceptance.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

The Consultant will work under supervision and directly report to the Community Security and Social Cohesion Component Lead on a monthly basis through meetings\calls\mails. In this report, the Consultant should clearly and concisely identify the work that has been carried out during this period, list major accomplishments, and difficulties/problems encountered during the process. The report should also indicate whether the result was achieved or whether there is a delay in the implementation of the planned activities. In the case of a delay, the reasons and advised solutions should be clearly stated.

Electronic versions of reports and duly completed timesheets should be prepared and submitted for clearance and approval by the Social Cohesion Associate at the end of each month. The final version of the comprehensive report, with UNDP comments taken into consideration, should be submitted to UNDP by December 10, 2021.

Documents to be Included when Submitting the Proposals

Applicants shall submit the following documents:

  Personal CV or P11-form including information about previous experience in similar projects / assignments and contact details for referees.
  Financial proposal using UNDP template
  At least 2 positive references from previous customers

Financial Proposal

Contract based on daily fee.

The financial proposal shall specify the daily fee. Payments are made to the Consultant based on the number of days worked.

The Consultant will be responsible for all personal administrative expenses associated with undertaking this assignment including office accommodation, printing, stationary, telephone and electronic communications, and report copies incurred in this assignment.

Travel costs

All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel in a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources. In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

Evaluation criteria

  • Educational background – 7 points max

{5 pts. – Master’s/Specialist’s Degree; 7 pts. – PhD or equivalent};

  • Minimum 3 years of proved relevant work experience in civil society sector, with a focus on community development, mediation and conflict resolution – 15 points max

{11 pts. – 3-4 years of relevant experience; 15 pts. – more than 4 years};

  • Experience in conducting trainings on mediation and facilitation tools, at least 5 full training courses conducted – 20 points max

{16 pts. – 5 full training courses conducted; 20 pts. – more than 5 full training courses conducted};

  • At least two certificates in conflict resolution/mediation/facilitation from a recognized institution/expert – 15 points max

{12 pts. – 2 certificates in conflict resolution/mediation/facilitation; 15 pts. – more than 2 certificates in conflict resolution/mediation/facilitation};

  • Experience with the UN or other international organizations – 3 points max

{2 pts. – participation in 1 project implemented by UN or other international organization; 3 pts. – participation in more than 2 projects implemented by UN or other international organization};

  • Experience with introduction of dispute resolution mechanisms through dialogue in community statutes – 5 points max

{3 pts. – dispute resolution mechanisms through dialogue implemented in 1 community; 5 pts. – dispute resolution mechanisms through dialogue implemented in more than 1 community};

  • Language Skills – 5 points max

{5 pts – Ukrainian and Russian}.

Maximum available technical score – 70 points.

Evaluation method:

Cumulative analysis

Contract award shall be made to the incumbent whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) having received the cumulative highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

* Technical Criteria weight: 70%

* Financial Criteria weight: 30%

Only candidates obtaining a minimum 70% from the maximum available technical score (49 points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal and will equal to 30. All other price proposals will be evaluated and assigned points, as per below formula:

30 points [max points available for financial part] x [lowest of all evaluated offered prices among responsive offers] / [evaluated price].

The proposal obtaining the overall cumulatively highest score after adding the score of the technical proposal and the financial proposal will be considered as the most compliant offer and will be awarded a contract.

Competencies
Competencies

  • Excellent communication and organization skills;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Excellent computer skills (including, MS Word);
  • Ability to set priorities, meet specific objectives, use political judgment and knowledge;
  • Good interpersonal skills, diligence, open mindedness, and dedication;
  • Excellent team and networking skills;
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment;
  • Ensures the mainstreaming of gender equality and women’s empowerment considerations in the field of expertise.
Required Skills and Experience
  1. Required Skills and Experience
  1. At least Master’s degree or equivalent in Humanities or relevant fields;
  2. Minimum 3 years of proved relevant work experience in civil society sector, with a focus on community development, mediation and conflict resolution;
  3. Experience in conducting trainings on mediation and facilitation tools, at least 5 full training courses conducted;
  4. At least two certificates in conflict resolution/mediation/facilitation from a recognized national/international institution or expert;
  5. Previous experience with the UN or other international organizations would be a strong asset;
  6. Experience with introduction of dispute resolution mechanisms through dialogue in community statutes would be a strong asset;
  7. Professional fluency in Russian and Ukrainian, both written and oral is essential.
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